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Best Young Adult Romance Novels

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Young Adult Romance Novels

Scroll down to find the list of books. These books are all classified as Young Adult Romance Novels. They are appropriate for teens but also provide awesome reading for adults seeking romance novels that deal with real issues but shut the door on the most intimate of scenes.

A couple weeks ago, my I found myself trying to respond to a very interesting email. It was from a woman who came across my post Best New Adult Romance Novels and she was wondering if I could recommend any romance novels that would be appropriate for her 15 year old daughter.

This lead to a lot of thought on my part. The teenage years are such an interesting and exciting time. I remember all the questions, the exploration and experimentation, the colossal mistakes I still hope my mom never finds out about. I’m sure we can all think back to at least a few teenage blunders. It’s during those years that role models and healthy expectations become so important.

That first taste of freedom, starting to form an identity outside of your family of orgin. Independance, being able to experience life on your own terms and not wanting to ask for help or seek guidance. Those years are about thinking you know everything, and being young enough to recover when you realize you don’t.

Time and time again I have mentioned my belief that authors have a responsibility to depict healthy relationships, safe behaviors and realistic expectations. Never is this more important than when they are writing for a young adult reader.

Let’s not kid ourselves, young people are learning about adult relationships from their peers and the internet. There is a lot of misinformation out ther. So if a young person wants to delve into the world of romance novels, I think it should certainly be encouraged. Especially if those books promote safe, healthy and realistic expectations in relationships.


What do I mean when I talk about safe, healthy and realistic expectations?

Well, for starters, I’m not going to give you a list of books that avoid important issues. Teenagers are faced with questions of consent, protection, abuse, eating disorders, depression, and body image issues, the threat of school shootings every single day. No doubt those issues impact the relationships a person of any age pursues and the behaviours they are willing to put up with.

If a book can take the scary and upsetting issues young people face every day and encourage healthy coping mechanisms I am all for it. If it can wrap everything up with a happily ever after, and throw a love story in the mix, it’s absolutely a winner in my world.

So I’ve looked high and low, searching Goodreads, taking into account the recommendations of other trusted reviewers and have have compiled list of romance novels that are appropriate for teenagers. When I say appropriate I mean the intimate scenes won’t make anyone blush. These books do still deal with uncomfortable and unpleasant topics.

What I’m trying to say is if I had teenagers I would encourage them to read these book. But, I would also suggest encouraging them to talk about the things they’re reading.

Related: Best New Adult Romance Novels of 2018

Young Adult Romance Novels

Young Adult Romance Novels

A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi


It’s 2002, a year after 9/11. It’s an extremely turbulent time politically, but especially so for someone like Shirin, a sixteen-year-old Muslim girl who’s tired of being stereotyped.

Shirin is never surprised by how horrible people can be. She’s tired of the rude stares, the degrading comments—even the physical violence—she endures as a result of her race, her religion, and the hijab she wears every day. So she’s built up protective walls and refuses to let anyone close enough to hurt her. Instead, she drowns her frustrations in music and spends her afternoons break-dancing with her brother.

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All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Suicide, Depression and Grief

Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.

Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.

When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom.

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Boy Shattered by Eli Easton

School Shooting, PTSD, LGBT

Will you kiss me?
When I came across Brian Marshall,the hottest guy in school, dying on the cafeteria floor, I did what anyone would do. I tried to save him. His request surprised me, but I figured he needed comfort, so I kissed him on the forehead. When he survived and came back to school, he was broken in body and mind. He still needed me, and soon we were unlikely besties.

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Broken Beautiful Hearts by Kami Garcia

Abusive Relationship

When star soccer player Peyton Rios receives an offer from her first-choice college, senior year starts off exactly as planned. But when Peyton uncovers her boyfriend’s dark secret, she confronts him―and finds herself falling down a flight of stairs. Peyton’s knee―and maybe her dream of going pro―is shattered. Everyone is talking: Was she pushed, or did she fall? Peyton knows the truth, even if no one believes her.

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Elanore and Park by Rainbow Rowell

First Love

Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits-smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love-and just how hard it pulled you under.

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Young Adult Romance Novels

Five Feet Apart by Rachel Lippincott

Chronic Illness, Death

Stella Grant likes to be in control—even though her totally out of control lungs have sent her in and out of the hospital most of her life. At this point, what Stella needs to control most is keeping herself away from anyone or anything that might pass along an infection and jeopardize the possibility of a lung transplant. Six feet apart. No exceptions.

The only thing Will Newman wants to be in control of is getting out of this hospital. He couldn’t care less about his treatments, or a fancy new clinical drug trial. Soon, he’ll turn eighteen and then he’ll be able to unplug all these machines and actually go see the world, not just its hospitals.

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Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

Sexual Abuse, LGBT

In this richly developed fantasy, Lei is a member of the Paper caste, the lowest and most persecuted class of people in Ikhara. She lives in a remote village with her father, where the decade-old trauma of watching her mother snatched by royal guards for an unknown fate still haunts her. Now, the guards are back and this time it’s Lei they’re after — the girl with the golden eyes whose rumored beauty has piqued the king’s interest.

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I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

LGBT, Death

At first, Jude and her twin brother are NoahandJude; inseparable. Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude wears red-red lipstick, cliff-dives, and does all the talking for both of them.

Years later, they are barely speaking. Something has happened to change the twins in different yet equally devastating ways . . . but then Jude meets an intriguing, irresistible boy and a mysterious new mentor.

The early years are Noah’s to tell; the later years are Jude’s. But they each have only half the story, and if they can only find their way back to one another, they’ll have a chance to remake their world.

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Ryan’s Bed by Tijan

Suicide, Bullying

I crawled into Ryan Jensen’s bed that first night by accident.

I barely knew him. I thought it was his sister’s bed–her room. It took seconds to realize my error, and I should’ve left…

I didn’t.
I didn’t jump out.
I didn’t get embarrassed.
I relaxed.
And that night, in that moment, it was the only thing I craved.

I asked to stay. He let me, and I slept.

The truth? I never wanted to leave his bed. If I could’ve stayed forever, I would have. He became my sanctuary.

Because–four hours earlier–my twin sister killed herself.

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The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Death, Self Esteem

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

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